USA Taekwondo athletes to participate at inaugural WTF Grand Prix Finals

Oct. 31, 2013, 2:30 p.m. (ET)

USA Taekwondo is fortunate to have 12 of its athletes qualified to participate in the first-ever WTF Grand Prix Finals, an inaugural event that has been initiated by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), the International Federation that regulates the Olympic sport of Taekwondo. The Grand Prix Finals will take place in Manchester, England, Dec. 13-15, 2013. This competition will consist of the top-ranked 32 athletes in each of the Olympic Weight Categories for Taekwondo. With the newly-initiated WTF Grand Prix Series, this is the major way for athletes to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics via an international point-ranking system. The top-six (6) athletes in each of the Olympic Weight Categories will automatically qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, tallied based on points accumulated through 2015 international competitions.

The 12 USA Taekwondo athletes who have qualified to compete at the 2013 WTF Grand Prix Finals are:

Charlotte Craig (-49kg)
Simone DeVito (-57kg)
Cheyenne Lewis (-57kg)
Nicole Palma (-57kg)
Paige McPherson (-67kg)
Lauren Hamon (+67kg)

James Howe (-58kg)
Tashi Sherpa (-58kg)
Terrence Jennings (-68kg)
Steven Lopez (-80kg)
Stephen Lambdin (+80kg)
Jason Neville (+80kg)

The 2013 Grand Prix Finals coaching staff for Team USA will be USA Taekwondo Head Coach Patrice Remarck, Coach Arlene Limas, Coach Jean Lopez and Coach Juan Moreno.